Innovation; noun

[ in-uh-vey-shuhn ]

something new or different introduced

When it comes to innovation, we often get stuck tinkering with preconceptions and stereotypes that are synonymous with tech, start-ups and venture acceleration. However, innovation can be found in a diverse range of scenarios.

Our team at GLOWS got curious about the meaning of innovation and found that the word itself is derived from Latin innovātus, past participle of innovāre “to renew, alter.” We love this simple idea of renewal and alteration especially in the context of asking kids to be innovative.

Curious. Imaginative. Creative. Energized.

Many of the characteristics we associate with youth are the very skills that are sought after inside the world of STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and innovation.

The Kootenay Contraption Contest is back! This annual GLOWS event invites students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 to imagine, design and illustrate a “contraption” that solves a problem. 

Through this contest, GLOWS is encouraging students to use critical thinking, problem solving and innovation. It will also help them develop creative pitch skills! Students love the opportunity to use their limitless imaginations and experience their ideas as they evolve into design concepts.

The theme of the 2020 Kootenay Contraption contest is Education. For this year’s Kootenay Contraption Contest, we challenge individual students and entire classes to come up with the most creative, imaginative “contraption” they can dream up to solve this challenge:

Think about a challenge you’re facing at school or homeschool. Create a contraption using STEAM to overcome this problem so that students/educators of the future won’t have the same challenge.

In 2020, education has been both renewed and altered. We can’t wait to see even more innovative ideas students in our region share with us during the contest running October 26 – November 20, 2020. To learn more about the Kootenay Contraption Contest, or to enter, visit:

The Kootenay Contraption Contest is generously sponsored by FortisBC.

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